THE POWDER METALLURGY (P/M) process is a near-net or net-shape manufacturing process that combines the features of shape-making technology for powder compaction with the development of final material and design properties (physical and mechanical) during subsequent densification or consolidation processes (e.g., sintering). It is critical to recognize this interrelationship at the outset of the design process because a subtle change in the manufacturing process can cause a significant change in material properties.

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